Discourse on Good Will

May all beings be filled with joy and peace. ?

May all beings everywhere,

The strong and the weak,

The great and the small,

The mean and the powerful,

The short and the long,

The sub­tle and the gross:

May all beings everywhere,

Seen and unseen,

Dwelling far off or nearby,

Being or wait­ing to become

May all be filled with lasting joy?

Let no one deceive another,

Let no one anywhere despise another,

Let no one out of anger or resentment

Wish suffering on anyone at all.

Just as a mother with her own life

Pro­tects her child, her only child, from harm,

So within yourself let grow

A boundless love for all creatures.

Let your love flow outward through the universe,

To its height, its depth, its broad extent,

A lim­it­less love, with­out hatred or enmity.

Then, as you stand or walk

Sit or lie down,

As long as you are awake,

Strive for this with a one pointed mind;

Your life will bring heaven to earth.


-This passage is from the Metta Sutta, part of the Sutta Nipata, A collection of dialogues with the Bud­dha said to be among The old­est parts of the Pali Buddhist canon